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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter

Holistic-online.com

Stroke

Effects of a Stroke: Possible Disabilities From a Stroke

The types and degrees of disability that follow a stroke depend upon which area of the brain is damaged. Generally, stroke can cause five types of disabilities:

Paralysis or problems controlling movement

Cognitive deficits: Problems with thinking and memory

Language deficits: Problems using or understanding language (aphasia)

Emotional disturbances

Sensory Disturbances Including Pain

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Here is a summary of the some of the disabilities that can result from a stroke:

  1. Weakness (hemiparesis) or paralysis (hemiplegia) on one side of the body that may affect the whole side or just the arm or leg. The weakness or paralysis is on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain affected by the stroke.

  2. Spasticity, stiffness in muscles, painful muscle spasms

  3. Problems with balance and/or coordination

  4. Problems using language, including having difficulty understanding speech or writing (aphasia); and knowing the right words but having trouble saying them clearly (dysarthria)

  5. Being unaware of or ignoring sensations on one side of the body (bodily neglect or inattention)

  6. Pain, numbness or odd sensations

  7. Problems with memory, thinking, attention or learning

  8. Being unaware of the effects of a stroke

  9. Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)

  10. Problems with bowel or bladder control

  11. Fatigue

  12. Difficulty controlling emotions (emotional lability)

  13. Depression

  14. Difficulties with daily tasks

Caution: If you suspect a stroke, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Time is of essence.

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